Meet me at the Paragon
From the oyster saloons of Longreach to the milk bars of Bundaberg, Greek cafes traded across most of Queensland throughout the 20th century. A favourite among children and grown-ups alike, the diners served up everything from classic big brekkies to icy-cold malt milkshakes and delicious banana sundaes. Visitors will be able to reminisce these tastes, experience the atmosphere and retrace the history of Queensland’s Greek cafes at Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery’s new exhibition, Meet me at the Paragon. This exhibition will delve into the untold stories of the Greek migrants who worked hard to make a new life for themselves and their families through their cafes, and how these places – like Dalby’s famous Paragon Cafe – became the heart and soul of their communities.
To start the journey, visitors will listen to the soft whistle of the humble coffee machine pumping out espressos, as they slide into a replica cafe booth to browse the historical menus featuring nostalgic flavours and family favourites. Through photos and historical items such as original cafe signs, vintage milkshake cups and other memorabilia, you’ll learn and connect with over 100 years worth of stories of Greek migrants and how their cafes forever changed Australian dining.
Looking to take a more in-depth tour of the exhibition? Curator’s tours are happening on February 26 and March 11 or lace up your sneakers and tag along to The Greek cafes of our past – walk with Brisbane Greeters on February 26 and March 7. Make haste – this free exhibition is only showing at Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery until March 15.